Freescale and Synerject Power Monster 696

November 19, 2008
Freescale’s S12X chip found in the 2009 Ducati Monster 696.
Freescale’s S12X chip for the 2009 Ducati Monster 696.

Freescale Semiconductor technology is powering Synerject’s new family of M3 electronic control units (ECU), designed for motorcycles, such as the 2009 Ducati Monster 696, as well as many other recreational vehicles. The Monster 696 boasts a nine percent power output increase and an 11 percent increase in torque over the previous 695 model, giving the Monster 696 the best horsepower per liter ratio of all Ducati air-cooled motorcycles.

“Motorcycle enthusiasts around the world will welcome this convergence of state-of-the-art electronics with renowned Ducati styling and engineering,” said Henri Richard, Freescale’s senior vice president, chief sales and marketing officer. “By developing its latest family of advanced ECUs using Freescale technology, Synerject is setting new standards for efficient engine management and ultimately giving motorcyclists an exceptional riding experience.”

The Monster 696’s “electronic brain” is Synerject’s M3C ECU, which features Freescale’s high-performance S12X microcontroller (MCU). Synerject’s most powerful and sophisticated ECU, the M3C is designed for a wide range of multi-cylinder and performance applications across the motorcycle and recreational global market.

“Recent advancements in electronics are enabling vehicle manufacturers like Ducati to design more sophisticated and innovative engines than ever before,” said Claude Chateignon, BU Powertrain Electronics for Continental Corporation. “Freescale’s advanced microcontroller and sensor technology enables us to build powerful and multipurpose engine management systems that meet and exceed the increasing demand for higher performance in the motorcycle market.”

Electronic control unit

Synerject, a 50/50 joint venture partnership between Orbital and Continental, developed the M3 family of ECUs using Freescale’s 16-bit S12X MCUs and MPXHZ6115A6T1 MEMS-based pressure sensors. By using Freescale MCUs and pressure sensors, Synerject is able to manufacture robust, cost-effective ECUs for two- and four-stroke engine designs, making it the only supplier in the industry to support both capabilities. Freescale’s advanced technology ensures Synerject does not compromise cost, space or functionality when designing high-performance ECUs.

Freescale’s S12 MCU family is the most widely adopted automotive 16-bit architecture. Freescale has shipped more than 300 million 16-bit S12 and S12X automotive MCUs to date, and S12-based devices continue to ship at a rate of more than 100 million units per year.